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by - — February 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm 0

Arlington County will celebrate its rich African-American heritage at the 2017 Feel the Heritage Festival, Saturday, February 25 from 1-6 p.m. at Drew Community Center (3500 23rd Street South). This FREE event is now in its 25th year and will feature live music and dance, a ?Hall of History? with photos and artifacts from Arlington?s historically African-American churches and organizations, free children?s activities, delicious food and a great selection of vendors.

by - — February 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm 0

Come ride at Arlington’s newest indoor cycling studio and have fun, all while supporting your community! Proceeds of this rocking class will benefit the Arlington Community Foundation, the largest provider of scholarships in Arlington, a grantmaker to nonprofits and manager of over 150 charitable funds. You can learn more about the Foundation at www.arlcf.org. We look forward to seeing you at CycleBar on March 4th!

by - — February 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm 0

Celebrate National Poetry Month with performances by Christylez Bacon, Arlington Poet Laureate Katherine E. Young, the Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA), a poetry slam by local champs including Busboys & Poets’ Pages Matam, and the Shirlington Poetry Hosts with Poetry N.O.W.’s Youth Poets.

Enjoy poetry bookmaking with artists Sushmita Mazumdar and Sughra Hussainy and a range of hands-on family-friendly activities round out the day!

by - — February 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm 0

The exhibition “No Home To Go To,” on view at Central Library March 7 through April 17, documents the crisis in the Baltic countries in the aftermath of World War II. The story of people living in refugee camps and finding a home in a new land is told through their memories, documents, photographs, and memorabilia.

In partnership with the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Central Library will host a free opening reception on March 7, 6-7:30 p.m. In attendance will be representatives of the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

The Sycamore School is proud to present a FREE lecture series for parents and the community. Each event will feature an expert speaker who will address modern day parenting challenges, and will be moderated by Dr. Karyn Ewart, The Sycamore School Founder/Head of School.

Michael Bromley will discuss strategies to help ourselves and our children overcome the urge to delay. Michael is a high school teacher, historian, published author and founder and president of School4Schools.com LLC & the A+ Club.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

The Sycamore School Open House will feature our teachers leading hands-on activities to give prospective students a taste of what it’s like to learn at The Sycamore School. Parents can observe student activities and talk to staff about the curriculum.

Learn more and RSVP for the Open House at https://thesycamoreschoolva.org

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Calling all masqueraders! Carnival season is almost upon us and we’re celebrating in a big way! Join us for a dance party workout celebrating the best season of the year–CARNIVAL!

Come for a hot workout led by Fete Fitness’ Jamaican instructor extraordinaire, Farrah. Stay and enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine, a chance to win a prize for best costume, and other exciting surprises! Costumes, masks, feathers, beads, and other festive attire is encouraged!

Don’t miss the DMV’s ultimate carnival dance fitness experience!

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. She’s falling in love, and her city has been the safest place in the world for Jewish people since the Spanish Inquisition. But when Rachel’s Gentile boyfriend is forced to disappear rather than face arrest, she realizes that everything is changing, and so must she―so, although she is often tired and scared, she delivers papers for the underground under the Nazis’ noses. But after eighteen months of ever increasing danger, she pushes her parents to go into hiding with her. The dank basement where they take refuge seems like the last place where Rachel would meet a new man―but she does.

An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage―and even love.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Author, Motivational Speaker, and Peace & Healing Curator Taliah Shiree Graves will host her signature “Let’s Talk About It…” series event in celebration of the launch of her new book, “No More Chains.” At this event Taliah will do a select reading, open the floor to initiate a group discussion and autograph copies of her book.

“No More Chains” is an Anthology that contains 11 stories from women who have overcome obstacles and succeeded against the odds in different areas of life.

It took 27 years for Taliah to discover her life’s purpose. So many women can relate to her feelings of being lost and wandering through life. But how many can say that they’ve cut through the confusion and discovered who they truly are?

In Taliah’s chapter she shares her determination to live the life God has for her rather than solely pursuing what would make other people happy and comfortable. She also shares how she discovered her God given purpose after SEEKING HIM first and opening herself to the clarity and peace that she had been seeking all of her life and now dwells in.

No More Chains is not only a book, but it is also a film and a movement. Read more about the movement here: www.NoMoreChainsMovement.com Read more about me and my chapter in the book on my blog site here: http://www.humblesunshine.com/2471-2/

About Taliah Shiree Graves:

Taliah is a Motivational Blogger, Peace & Healing Curator, Accountability Coach and Speaker.

Through her God-given gift of connecting with people, she has dedicated her life’s work to providing genuine guidance and a listening ear to help women (of all ages) going through transitional seasons in their lives.

With over 10 years of mentoring experience, she motivates and uplifts them in a way that shows them love, builds them up, and brings out the very best and most positive parts of them. She helps them dig deeper and become more aware of themselves. As a result, she helps them find peace and healing in their lives so that they stop making the same mistakes.

Countless women are saying nothing but great things about Taliah and how she “listens from within and not from other people’s perspectives,” how she’s “able to empathize and understand what others have gone through,” and that she is “genuine and not just an act.”

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

The Endless Path tells the story of two soul mates whose love knows no bounds. Laurie and Gunny, her chocolate Labrador retriever, take us on a journey of the heart, encouraging us to contemplate the extraordinary possibilities that lie within each of us, animal or human. Laurie and Gunny invite your soul to accompany them on their unforgettable, and endless path.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

We’re excited to welcome back one of our favorite authors (and entertainers) Brad Parks (Carter Ross mysteries) with SAY NOTHING, his first standalone thriller. “Terrific book. Truly terrific. Tension throughout and tears at the end. What could be better than that?” (Sue Grafton). If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Brad at the store, you know why I said “entertainer.” If you haven’t seen, you don’t know what you’re missing, so COME!

“Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead.

It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.”

Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. Parks’s six previous novels chart the adventures of sometimes-dashing investigative newspaper reporter Carter Ross, and have collectively won stars from every major pre-publication review outlet. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Through the Valley is the captivating memoir of the last U.S. Army prisoner captured during the Vietnam War. A narrative of courage, hope, and survival, Through the Valley is more than just a war story. It also portrays the thrill and horror of combat, the fear and anxiety of captivity, and the stories of friendships forged and friends lost.

In 1971 William Reeder was a senior captain on his second tour in Vietnam. He had flown armed, fixed-wing OV-1 Mohawks on secret missions deep into enemy territory in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam during his first tour. He returned as a helicopter pilot eager to experience a whole new perspective as a Cobra gunship pilot. Believing that Nixon’s Vietnamization would soon end the war, Reeder was anxious to experience combat action. From his perspective, the Americans had prevailed, beaten the Viet Cong, and were passing everything over to the South Vietnamese Army so that Americans could leave.

Less than a year later, while providing support to forces at the besieged base of Ben Het, Reeder’s chopper went down in a flaming corkscrew. Though Reeder survived the crash, he was captured after evading the enemy for three days. He was held for weeks in jungle cages before enduring a grueling forced march on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, costing the lives of seven of his group of twenty-six POWs. Imprisoned in the notorious prisons of Hanoi, Reeder’s tenacity in the face of unimaginable hardship is not only a captivating story, but serves as an inspiration to all. He shares the torment and pain of his ordeal, but does so in the light of the hope that he never lost. This memoir reinforces the themes of courage and sacrifice, undying faith, strength of family, loyalty among comrades, and love of country.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Two fantastic Young Adult authors will be here to talk about their latest novels: Susan Dennard (Windwitch: Witchlands #2) and Jodi Meadows (My Lady Jane, The Orphan Queen series). Action, suspense, humor, magic, royal intrigue, and fierce females–you won’t want to miss either of these books, or the women who wrote them.

by - — February 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

The Sycamore School is proud to present a FREE lecture series for parents and the community. Each event will feature an expert speaker who will address modern day parenting challenges, and will be moderated by Dr. Karyn Ewart, The Sycamore School Founder/Head of School.

Ginny Conroy is an expert in applied behavior analysis and recently opened her own practice Social Grace; she works with children and families to provide individual & group social skills and educational advocacy.

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